This report summarizes recommended best practices for tropical tuna purse seine fisheries with a FAD component (i.e., with a portion of its sets on schools of tuna associated with fish aggregating devices) that aim to participate in Fishery Improvement Programs (FIPs) with the objective of achieving Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.
The recommended practices are linked to MSC Fishery Certification Requirements with suggested examples for concrete actions.
Dr. Victor Restrepo, Ana Justel-Rubio, Juan Pedro Monteagudo, Dr. Gala Moreno, and Dr. Hilario Murua authored the report.
See also our related “Purse Seine FIPs Best Practices Checklist” document and Recommended Best Practices for Tuna Longline Fisheries in Transition to MSC Certification.
Information and Monitoring Best Practices for Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries Relative to the MSC Standard
An ISSF report describes best practices in collecting fisheries information to monitor fishing activities relative to MSC scoring indicators.
Best-practice monitoring activities are described for each MSC Performance Indicator (PI) based on data needs to ensure effective and enforceable sustainable fishery management as well as to identify data monitoring systems, sources, and technology that can be used to collect this information.
FAD Use, FIPs, & the MSC Standard
This infographic illustrates conclusions in the report ISSF 2019-11: Recommended Best Practices for FAD Management in Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries.
It shows actions that purse-seine fisheries that use FADs — and are participating in a FIP — should take to earn Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.
Independent fisheries scientists in An Evaluation of the Sustainability of Global Tuna Stocks Relative to Marine Stewardship Council Criteria — a February 2021 report commissioned by ISSF found that seven out of 23 major commercial tuna stocks worldwide are successfully avoiding overfishing when measured against MSC Fisheries Standard and maintaining target stock biomass levels: North Atlantic albacore, South Atlantic albacore, Eastern Atlantic bluefin, Western Pacific skipjack, Eastern Pacific yellowfin, South Pacific albacore and Indian Ocean skipjack. These seven stocks earned a passing score (two of them without conditions) for the MSC Fisheries Standard on its Principle 1: “Sustainable Fish Stocks.” Under Principle 3: “Effective Management,” most tuna regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) scored well.
About the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF)
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) — a global coalition of seafood companies, fisheries experts, scientific and environmental organizations, and the vessel community — promotes science-based initiatives for long-term tuna conservation, FAD management, bycatch mitigation, marine ecosystem health, capacity management, and illegal fishing prevention. Helping global tuna fisheries meet sustainability criteria to achieve the Marine Stewardship Council certification standard — without conditions — is ISSF's ultimate objective. To learn more, visit iss-foundation.org, and follow ISSF on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.